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JoySlippers (new)

Added Sep 28, 2008

by plusea

Brooklyn, New Yo...






A pair of slippers for drawing and playing games

These slippers are designed with two pressure sensors embedded in each sole and can sense the weight being shifted between the toe and heel of each foot. This information is fed into a computer where a drawing application translates this analog input into drawing directions, so that the wearer of the Joy Slippers can draw with their feet in an etch-a-sketch fashion.

Material Notes

cotton jersey, neoprene, conductive fabric, conductive thread, Velostat, telephone jacks, spiral telephone cord, perfboard, Arduino, USB cable, solder, wires, thread

The Joy slippers make use of previously developed conductive thread pressure sensors, which are basically homemade force sensing resistors (FSRs). They are made from layers of conductive thread and ex-static which are embedded in the slipper’s soles. Via spiral telephone cord each foot is connected to an Arduino physical computing platform, which sends the analog pressure values to the computer’s serial port. A Processing applet reads these values, thresholds them and translates them into drawing directions.






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    Sep 30, 2008, 06.23 PMby peps1

    are they the start of a whole outfit? would be interesting to see where you take this!

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    Sep 30, 2008, 05.15 AMby shabu-shabu

    im still thinking about this innovative invention! how interesting if it could be extended to also track your movements over the day… you would have a different and unmeditated work/drawing every 24 hours.

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    Sep 30, 2008, 05.10 AMby shabu-shabu

    how fabulous if you could also attach it to a sewing machine and embroider! i love it.

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